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Summary: SJR 42 would amend the Texas Constitution to authorize the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to issue an order of public admonition, warning, reprimand, or a requirement to obtain additional training or education following a formal hearing. This bill would add a temporary provision to the constitution that establishes the amendment’s effective date as January 1, 2014, and clarifies that the amendment applies only to a formal proceeding.
Analysis: This legislation would lead to greater public accountability for judges and justices, which would serve as a limitation on the judicial branch of government. We support this legislation.